The Tempest - Full Fathom Five (S solo, children’s chorus, piano)

Year of composition
William Shakespeare
Easy (Grades 1-3)
4 minutes
Modern classical music
Voice + keyboard
Instrumental parts
Not available

I wrote songs and incidental music for The Tempest in 1999 after a request for songs for the Shakespeare play by one of my colleagues, Rosemary McKerchar. In this setting, I have combined two songs that occur quite close to each other in the play. The repeated bars between ’Come Unto’ and ’Full Fathom’ would be repeated with dialogue underneath when used as part of a staged performance of The Tempest. This piece is designed to be sung by children from the age of 10-14 years. The soloist needs to have quite a well developed technique, but the highest notes need not be a problem - they could be spoken or inflected as in sprechgesang.

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